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Africa since 1914

If colonialism was the dominant narrative of Africa’s experiences from the late nineteenth century, then independence and post-colonialism was the story of the twentieth, as a wave of popular resistance brought about the liberation of hundreds of millions of people from colonialism and saw the creation of dozens of new countries. The architecture of African independence was characterized by optimism and creative adaptations of Modernism. From the Fiat Tagliero in Asmara, to the Accra National Museum, to the Wakulima Market in Nairobi, Modernist architects found a willing patron in African independence and Modernism dominated the aesthetics of the era.

For many nations, the honeymoon ended in the 1970s, when either political turmoil or overexposure to global markets stalled development or, worse still, plunged entire nations into economic decline. Today however, Africa and the perceptions about the continent have changed dramatically. Some of the highest rates of investment in the world, combined with rapid urbanization have seen the fostering of local and globalised talents – including Diébédo Francis Kéré and Urko Sánchez Architects – and are ensuring that architecture is once again being enlisted as one of the principal mechanisms for achieving the aspirations of the continent’s fifty-four countries.

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The Architecture of David Lynch

Get lost in the labyrinthine Red Room in Twin Peaks, unsettle yourself in Mulholland Drive’s Club Silencio, or explore the climactic alley scene in Inland Empire… Highlighting the value of interdisciplinary perspectives in architectural studies, The Architecture of David Lynch examines the relationship between architecture and cinema via the extraordinary spaces and settings of David Lynch’s films. In analyzing the towns, cities, homes, roads and stages found in Lynch’s work, this book not only reveals their central importance for understanding this controversial and distinctive film-maker, but also suggests how Lynch’s films can provide a deeper understanding of the places and spaces in which we live.

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Global Architectural History

How is global architectural history defined? Bloomsbury Architecture Library provides a diverse and global range of perspectives on architectural history. Among hundreds of in-depth chapters and entries on the world’s architectural history, read about shadows in the Middle East, shopping centre development in Finland, or the ceremonial architecture used by the seventeenth-century local magistrate in China – and explore our visual timeline of global architectural history.

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